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Discussion in 'Algae Control' started by Kamlesh Barot, Dec 12, 2019.

  1. Kamlesh Barot

    Kamlesh Barot Junior Poster

    Dec 25, 2013
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    I had never a time when there was no algae in my tank for the past 8 years!

    This is the first time when all the algae has just vanished and plants are pearling and growing like they have never thrived before.

    All these years I used EI ferts, pressured CO2, 6500 K LED light, Amazonia & river sand substrate, weekly water changes, wave makers, 24 hours of Ehiem filter and dechlorinator salts all these years. The advice I got once was don't use river sand or algae will proliferate.

    These last three months the schedule continued as, the wave maker is on from 1000 hours up to 2300 hours, CO2 from 1500 hours to 2200 hours, LED from 1600 hours to 1800 hours and again after an hour's break, from 1900 hours to 2330 hours - all remained the same. The only change after viewing Dr. Kevin Novak's videos on Youtube, I realized that I was dosing the ferts at 1000 hours, instead of at 1930 hours, as he recommended - adding ferts in the last four hours of the photo period. Due to the reduced algae the Ehiem filter that used to be on for 24 hours, now works from 1500 hours to 2300 hours only.

    Only by changing the fert dosing from 1000 hours to 1730 hours, I am giving the plants four hours to have their food and perform the entire photosynthesis process in the last four hours that lights are on. Earlier the algae absorbed all the ferts without the lights being on as they don't need photosynthesis like plants, from 1000 hours till the lights came on at 1600 hours, leaving no food for plants. The multiplying algae hampered the plant growth and was a menace for every week for me, while changing the water.

    Just one piece of advice in summation: Dose EI ferts at 2000 hours, pressured CO2 from 1500 hours to 2200 hours, 6500 K LED light from 1600 hours to 1800 hours and then from 1900 hours to 2330 hours , ADA Amazonia only substrate, weekly water changes, wave makers from 1000 hours to 2300 hours, Ehiem filter from 1500 hours to 2300 hours. Algae shall vanish and plants will grow and pearl!
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